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Museum of Wooden Architecture of Suzdal

The Museum of Wooden Architecture keeps numerous examples of old wooden architecture and is considered to be a little corner of classical ancient Russia.

Museum of Wooden Architecture peasant house inside The museum was founded in 1968 on the place of the former Dmitrievskiy monastery, the oldest one in Suzdal. The wooden constructions from all over the Vladimir region were brought to the museum. Noteworthy that all buildings are actual constructions that people lived and worked in. Thus, a typical village with all the features of ancient Russian settlement was reconstituted on the left bank of the Kamenka River.

The first building brought to the Museum was the Church of the Transfiguration dated  the middle of the XVIII century, which was previously located in the village of Kozlyatyev.

The second building brought to the museum was the Church of the Resurrection from the village Patakino dated 1756.

Museum of Wooden Architecture church ensambleThe two churches form an ensemble, which was common in Russia and is called a summer and winter church. The winter church, Church of the Transfiguration, was constructed from pine and by using nothing but an axe.

Church of the Resurrection, is intended for summer use, because it is not heated and doesn’t hold winter services.

Apart from the churches there are typical houses of peasants, wells, mills and barns in the museum.

Today the museum of Wooden Architecture is a venue for various Suzdal festivals. It has become a tradition that the festival of folk crafts takes place in the museum on the Trinity day. During the festival visitors can see and buy famous local handicrafts, such as wood carving, painted wooden toys, weaving, clay toys, etc. Other well-known festival of Suzdal – the Cucumber festival – also is held in the museum. See Suzdal Events for detailed information.

Opening hours:
The Museum of Wooden Architecture is open daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
The last Wednesday of each month is a day off.

Entrance fee:
250 – 400 rub

Address of Museum of Wooden Architecture:
27Б, Pushkarskaya str. (Rus: Ул. Пушкарская, д.27Б)
The museum is located on the left bank of the Kamenka river, opposite the Kremlin.

GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 56.413031;
Longitude: 40.440183.


Major Buildings of the Museum of Wooden Architecture

The church of the Transfiguration

The church of the Transfiguration (1756). The example of the XVIII century wooden church built in tiers. The domes are covered with small aspen planks called lemech. As aspen wood gets silver colour once exposed to the sun and rain it was often used to adorn domes of churches.

Museum of Wooden Architecture church of the Transfiguration

The Church of the Resurrection

A typical 18th-century church with a refectory and a belfry. Like most Russian Orthodox churches, it features the iconostasis with three levels. However, the icons was created in XIX century.

Museum of Wooden Architecture Church of the Resurrection

House of a well-to-do peasant

House of a “well-to-do” peasant. The building was brought from the village of Log and dates back to the 19 century.
A 2-story house, with a carved cornice of the urban type, and a covered yard. The upper floor was a dwelling area, the lower one was a workshop where hired weavers worked. Domestic weaving was one of the forms of market economy at the period of the development of capitalism in Russia.

Museum of Wooden Architecture House of a well-to-do peasant

House of a peasant family

House of a peasant family. The building was brought from the village of Liking and dated from the 19th century.
A typical house for a peasant family of moderate means. The façade is decorated with wood carving.

Museum of Wooden Architecture House of a peasant family


Windmills. These mills were brought from the village Moshok (18th century). This type of mills – with “an octagon put on a quadrangle” wooden framework – was predominant in the Vladimir province from the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century. The upper part of the mill together with the sails were turned to the wind with the help of a long lever called “vorotila”.

Museum of Wooden Architecture Windmills


Chapel. It was brought from the villade of Bedrino and dated from 19th century.The chapel is an example of a worship building build in rotonda form.

Museum of Wooden Architecture chapel

House with a mezzanine

House with a mezzanine. The house was brought from the village Tyntsy. (2nd half of the 19th century)
A house consists of 2 frameworks under one roof. It was intended for 2 families. A mezzanine is distinguished by the elements of classical architecture in combination with the Russian folk wood-carving.

Museum of Wooden Architecture House with a mezzanine

Water Well

Water Well. It is the most common type of wells in the Vladimir region during the 19-20 centuries.

Museum of Wooden Architecture Water Well

Water well with a wheel

Water well with a wheel. The wheel was turned by men running inside of the wheel. The strongest men of the village could work this job and women would come to watch and choose a husband.

Museum of Wooden Architecture Water well with a wheel



Other Suzdal attractions:

Suzdal Kremlin, the oldest part of Suzdal that laid the foundation for the settlement.

Alexandrovsky Convent, a functioning male monastery.

Saviour Monastery of St Euthymius, the UNESCO world heritage site.

Deposition of the Robe Convent, the oldest monastery of Suzdal.


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